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Apartments in Los Angeles, CA

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City Guide for Apartments in Los Angeles
Moving to LA stirs up the romantic image of actors, writers, and musicians striving to make it big in the world’s entertainment capitol. Although that image may be cliché, one of six LA residents are working in or towards the entertainment industry. And whether or not they are successful, at least they are here.

Los Angeles apartmentsLA is a sprawling city that covers over 469 square miles and is the 2nd most populous city in the United States. Not only that, the City of Angels is ranked 6th in the Global City index due to its massive ties with the global economy. It is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the country, considered the creative capitol of the world, and has a strong presence in numerous industries such as business, media, culture, fashion, education, technology and medicine.

So, for those relocating to the area, there is a lot to consider in order to make your living situation comfortable. Luckily, the variety of living environments is astounding. With city-living both inland and coastal, beach homes, suburban areas that range from modest to extremely wealthy, small-town atmospheres, numerous urban cores, luxurious apartments and condos, and much more, if there is a certain type of neighborhood that you are looking for, chances are it is in L.A.

There are a ton of coastal communities to choose from, but which one will work for you? Santa Monica may be the most popular area and one of the most expensive, however the vibrancy and energy of the town is one of the most upbeat in the city. The area draws in wealthy, professional, and famous residents with its many luxury apartments for rent and upscale nightlife.

If swanky nightclubs are not your thing, there’s Venice Beach for those that adore the bohemian, artistic side of living. If you go further south to areas such as Redondo Beach or Manhattan Beach, you will find more relaxed, residential areas close to the beach with houses for rent. Families should pay extra attention to Redondo and Manhattan Beach since each feature great school districts. Also, with the beach so close by, these areas are definitely pet-friendly for dog owners.

There are many different options for higher education such as UCLA, CSUN, and CSULA. You will find many UCLA students living in Westwood, Brentwood, and Santa Monica. With tons of apartments for rent in these areas, their close proximity to UCLA and relatively safe neighborhoods, many students find themselves living here. Although these areas are close, they can be expensive.

If you are looking for cheap and affordable apartments that are still within nice areas and are near UCLA, check out Sherman Oaks, south Van Nuys and Studio City. The quality of apartments in these areas can vary, so make sure to use an apartment guide to find the highly reviewed properties as opposed to relying on Craigslist.

For a low-key, small-town feel (yes, this exists here), check out Claremont. Located about thirty miles east of central L.A., and just south of Angeles National Forest, Claremont retains a college town feel due to its historic Claremont College. The downtown area known as The Village sports a number of mom and pop stores, restaurants and cafes, with trees shading the streets. The location is excellent for those that want to be near some of the national forests in the area. In fact, Claremont was rated as the 5th best place to live in the U.S. by CNN/Money magazine in 2007. Known as “the city of trees and PHDs”, this is a definitely an area that one will want to search in if they want a safe and well-to-do area.

Those intending to move to Hollywood to pursue a career in entertainment should be happy to know that the once crime-ridden area has seen a major clean-up in recent years. A surge of new businesses, restaurants, clubs, and apartments and houses for rent have opened up the area for a cleaner, upscale environment. Obviously, Sunset Boulevard and Hollywood Boulevard are some of the most popular areas to live near, though can be on the expensive side. Try finding apartments near Little Armenia for inexpensive studio apartments with all bills paid.

Those looking for a middle-class suburban area to call home, should check out southeast communities such as Cerritos, Artesia, and Cypress. With ethnically diverse residences, good school districts, and safe neighborhoods, these areas are great for families looking for homes for rent.

One of the first things that you are going to want to acknowledge is the traffic situation. The region is notorious for its traffic jams, so finding a place near your work is going to be very important. Prior to your move, try checking this traffic reporter to get an idea how traffic flows throughout the city. However, finding a rental near the LA Metro is also a good idea to cut your commute times.

As far the weather goes, residents enjoy a moderate subtropical-Mediterranean climate with over 280 days of sunshine each year. Coastal communities will obviously be a bit cooler than inland communities, so during the summer when the temperatures sometimes reach 100 degrees, those apartments in Los Angeles with utilities included will come in handy.

Average Apartment Rental Prices Nearby

Studio $1,558
1 Bedroom $2,196
2 Bedroom $2,734
3 Bedroom $3,512

Average rent on Backpage and Craigslist Los Angeles, California: $2,360

User reviews for apartments in Los Angeles, California
Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars, 31 reviews
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greatest run
I loved living in this area. After work I'd run to the beach boarwalk and continue all the way to Venice, where you can buy a nice refreshment and run/walk back in the sunset
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UCLA
Great for westwood living
Close to UCLA and a great place to live in your early 20s
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UCLA, Bain & Company
Amazing area
Great location, walking distance to Wilshire which includes numerous restaurants, Whole Foods and bars. Quick walk to the bus system which can take you all over LA and less than 2 miles from the beach. Would highly recommend!
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Stanford
INTERN HEAVEN
Interning in LA for the summer? Need to live somewhere safe, affordable and around great people. Then Westwood is a must.
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Stanford
Brentwood
If you're an east coast transplant and you hate being stuck in traffic then Brentwood is the place for you. Lots of shops and restaurants to walk to. Sleepy and quiet on the weekends- it's the perfect small town in the city.
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Stanford
La Provence Patisserie
Best place for Breakfast pastries in the area. Call ahead to order their specialty cream cheese croissants!
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Stanford
Sor Tino Restaurant
Sortino is a fantastic Italian restaurant just a quick walk up from Mayfield. The Gnocchi is best in LA
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Stanford
Building Internet
The only minus is that this place needs to get Verizon FIOS!!!
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Stanford
Luxe@Mayfield
Great LA Apartment living, excellent staff and a premium location between Barrington and San Vicente. Shops and Restaurants of downtown Brentwood are just a five minute stroll up Barrington.
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Duke, USC
Wilshire Corridor
Wilshire Corridor is great in terms of being centrally located in the city (near the 405, the 10, Century City, and Beverly Hills). Cons are that there isn't a ton of stuff in walking distance and the residents tend to be older. Most of the buildings are top-notch, full-service, which is hard to find elsewhere in LA.
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Stanford
the walkable LA experience
West Hollywood, or WeHo, provides with a unique opportunity to enjoy the LA city life without driving long distances in order to get to the main point of interest. Cafes, gyms, bars of all (all!) kinds and some of the most amazing restaurants in California (some of them open 24/7!) are all withing walking distance.
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USC, Stanford
Best place to live on the westside
Walking distance to beach, great bars, diverse restaurants (hole-in the wall and Michelin star rated), gyms, grocery stores...and parking is not terrible (for santa monica)
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Duke, Goldman Sachs
Westwood south of Wilshire has lots of little restaurants lining the street.
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Duke, Goldman Sachs
People try to use Lindbrok and Ashton as way to get around part of Westwood traffic. Be mindful if you live on these roads!
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Duke, Goldman Sachs
Wilshire Blvd traffic gets really backed up in the afternoon.
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Duke, Goldman Sachs
The Century City Mall is super nice, and houses a big movie theater. Very convenient shopping space if you live near here.
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Duke, Goldman Sachs
Santa Monica in WeHo is the home to a lot of nightlife in LA (restaurants, nightclubs), and it's also the most popular place to live for LA's gay community.
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Duke, Goldman Sachs
Century City is like "new downtown" Lots of tall modern sky scrapers and largely commercial. Not many people "live" here though, so be mindful that at night it's a ghost town.
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Duke, Goldman Sachs
If you live on Adelaide, be aware: There is a super popular set of stairs down to Entrada that hundred of Angelenos use to exercise every weekend. They'll park on your street.
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Duke, Goldman Sachs
There is a cluster of bars/lounges here that caters to the 20-something college grad folk (Cabo Cantina, Q's, and Bruhaus)
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Duke, Goldman Sachs
Mapleton has some of the nicest/largest mansions in LA. The Playboy Mansion is on this street.
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Duke, Goldman Sachs
The 405/Wilshire intersection is one of the worst bottlenecks of traffic in the city. So be mindful if you're choosing to live on one side of the 405, and work on the other
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Duke, Goldman Sachs
Most of the year, there's a really popular farmer's market once a week right here.
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Duke, Goldman Sachs
Tons of people go on a run around the Brentwood Country Club. There's a dirt path that completely circles the course.
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Duke, Goldman Sachs
There's a 9 hole pitch-and-putt course in Holmby Park, so live near here and bring your wedge over on the weekend.
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Duke, Goldman Sachs
Westwood Park has tennis and basketball courts, great for weekend workouts.
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Duke, Goldman Sachs
Westwood has lots of quick/casual food options because it caters to the UCLA community and all the professionals who work on Wilshire Corridor
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Duke, Goldman Sachs
Brentwood is one of the most walkable neighborhoods in Car-Crazy LA. Park your car on Friday and don't have to use it until Monday
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Duke, Goldman Sachs
There are a bunch of cool stores and restaurants up at Sunset and Barrington (and a Starbucks, Subway, Bakery). Very walkable neighborhood.
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Duke, Goldman Sachs
The dog park has about 40 public parking spaces, where you can park overnight. So if apartments near here only offer one space, but you need two, I recommend parking here at night.
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Duke, Goldman Sachs
There's an awesome dog park here, for those of you with canine friends.
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